The Gas Review reveals the hydrogen infrastructure is behind schedule in Japan


According to The Gas Review, only 36 commercial hydrogen (H2) stations had been opened in Japan at the end of January, despite originally indicating that the figure would stand at 81.

Because of these delayed openings, stations were expected to rapidly open one after the other towards the end of 2015, but the initial target of 100 stations last year could not be met and subsequently dropped to 81 with the decision to set up the remaining 19 stations later this year.

The Japanese government declared, “By the end of fiscal 2015, ending on 31st March, 2016, 100 stations are to be installed in locations in four main metropolitan areas – Tokyo, Nagoya, Osaka and Fukuoka,” and although this plan fell short, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry is supplementing the cost of installing the stations.

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